Pin Mill proves fickle…

Pin Mill proves fickle…

July 12 saw Maria in foreign waters – the Orwell – for the annual Pin Mill match. Paul, Andy and Pete sailed the boat round from Brightlingsea the day before, and spent the night on a convenient mooring in sight of Pin Mill hard. Crispin, David and Drew joined the...

Windy old weather at the Old Gaffers

Windy old weather at the Old Gaffers

The Colne was looking less than tranquil as Maria turned out for The East Coast Old Gaffers' race on July 7. A stiff breeze, combined with wind over tide, created a nasty short chop in the estuary – enough to make sure that many of the gaff-rigged yachts – including...

A long race for Maria on the longest day

A long race for Maria on the longest day

The longest day of the year saw Maria leave her Pyefleet mooring at 6.30am to head for foreign parts - well Osea Island in the River Blackwater for the Blackwater Match. As always seems to be the case with the...

Photo finish at Rowhedge Regatta

Photo finish at Rowhedge Regatta

Finishes don’t come much closer than this! The finish of the regatta race from Brightlingsea to Rowhedge was a nailbiting affair, with Maria and My Alice running neck and neck for the last 200 yards or so.

First race, first win

First race, first win

Maria's 2014 season couldn't have got off to a better start - a win on the long race at Rowhedge regatta. After crossing the start line first, Maria gradually pulled away on the dead run to Colne Bar, despite sailing a into few holes that allowed Alberta, Sunbeam, My...

New canvas for 2014

New canvas for 2014

Here's a sneak peek at Maria's new-for-the-2014 season mainsail, a little flatter than the last one. It's looking pretty good here, and we can't wait to try it in anger at Rowhedge Regatta on June 14. The sail was made by the team at James Lawrence Sailmakers in...

Fitting out

Fitting out

After a hard season's use, Maria was hauled out of the water for a repaint and general tidy up. Here's Pete and Andy hard at work with the sanders in Morgan's yard.                      ...

Time for a scrub

Time for a scrub

Maria spent the winter on her mooring in Pyefleet Creek and when she came out of the water for bit of tlc prior to the 2014 racing season, she was sporting some interesting growth! During the season she gets a scrub every few weeks, but this colourful marine life had...